Wikieup stabbing suspect killed by police identified

The scene from the May 14 shooting in Kingman.


The scene from the May 14 shooting in Kingman.

KINGMAN – The Arizona Department of Public Safety on Monday released the identity of the Wikieup stabbing suspect killed May 14 in Kingman as David Jay Juarez, 41, of Texas.

Officers involved in the shooting were Sgt. Dave Coffin of Kingman Police Department, and Trooper Matthew Drury of Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The shooting occurred about 7 p.m. May 14 after Mohave County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Arizona DPS in a pursuit of a pickup being driven by the stabbing suspect.

The sheriff’s office reported that the suspect had stabbed two people in Wikieup before fleeing the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies were northbound on U.S. Highway 93 when they asked DPS troopers to take over the pursuit on Interstate 40.

As the suspect entered I-40 westbound, he began making erratic lane changes, endangering other motorists traveling the interstate. As the pursuit continued on I-40, DPS troopers and Kingman Police Department officers set up road spikes at three locations.

After driving over two sets of road spikes, the suspect exited at Andy Devine Avenue and began traveling south in the northbound lanes, with law enforcement officers following on the southbound side.

The pickup made a U-turn, driving northbound on Andy Devine as it continued to flee from law officers.

Coffin, who’s been with KPD for 18 years, and Drury, who has 16 years with Arizona DPS, fired their weapons at the suspect and vehicle.

The suspect died at the scene.

It has not yet been disclosed who actually shot the suspect, or if both officers shot the suspect.

DPS is conducting both an administrative and criminal investigation of the incident, which is ongoing.